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Brubaker (1980)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  20 June 1980 (USA)
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The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

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When the new Warden comes in disguised as an inmate, he sees first hand all the corruption and scams the guards and prison officials and running. When he reveals himself, and starts to implement reforms to stop the corruption, the local business community, who had been benefiting from the scams, fights back, and the corrupt southern prison system, starts making political trouble for the new warden. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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One man against a cruel system. See more »

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$37,100,000 (USA)
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This film was made and released about eleven years after its source book "Accomplices to the Crime: The Arkansas Prison Scandal" by Thomas O. Murton and Joe Hyams was first published in 1969. The film is a fictionalized version of this book and was also based on Murton's true life prison system experiences. The film was made and released about twelve to thirteen years after the events of the Arkansas Prison Scandal had taken place around 1967-1968. See more »

Goofs

As Cpt. Renfro leaves, he tells Brubaker, "Smartest thing you ever did was come in here incognizant; dumbest was steppin' forward." The term is "incogNITO", which means unknown or unrecognizable. "Incognizant" means unknowledgeable or ignorant. See more »

Quotes

C.P. Woodward: I'm not in the construction business for my health.
Henry Brubaker: Or anybody else's, it seems.
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Referenced in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) See more »

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Galveston
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The best prison picture ever
16 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Though Shawshank Redemption has gotten the critical raves and the box office receipts that could make it the best prison story ever filmed, my personal choice for the best film ever done about the penal system is Brubaker.

Based on the true life experiences of Thomas Murton, the co-author of the book the film is based on, Brubaker captures the realities of prison life, the complexities of trying to "reform" the system without sacrificing one iota of entertainment.

Robert Redford leads a great ensemble cast in this film. The people here are real, dealing with complex issues for which there are no simple answers. The corruption of the penal system runs deep and helped in part by the prisoners themselves who don't want to see too much change at once or have a vested interest in seeing things run just as they are. Yaphetto Kotto and Tim McIntire are two such prison trustees, both of them showing very different reasons why they don't like some or all of what Redford is doing as warden.

Among the supporting cast, I'd like to single out David Keith who was the best as the prisoner whose life Brubaker saves and ultimately becomes his biggest booster in the joint. A really outstanding job by David Keith as this simple country kid who just got caught up in "the system."

Rare you can say a film is informative as well as entertaining, but Brubaker definitely fits in both categories.


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